Category Archives: Religions

Saint Lazarus

The cult of Saint Lazarus is one of the most popular traditions in the Island. This worship emerged of the catholic and Yoruba religions and it is related to a poor leprous man, a friend of Jesus, revived in a … Continue reading

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Babalochas and Iyalochas: Center of the santería

They are the fathers (babá in Yoruba language) and mothers (iyá) of the saint (ocha). They are the center of the Cuban santeria. After several years of the initiation, and after obtaining the “licence” and the ache (gift), from the orishas, the … Continue reading

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Santería or Regla de Ocha

When you listen to the term santeria, dont think about the saints of the Catholic Church, but on the believes of different ethnic groups of the Yoruba African culture that arrive to Cuba during the traffic of slaves. The Santeria or Regla de Ocha was formed … Continue reading

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The Abakuá Secret Society

In Cuba, those persons belonging to the secret masculine society Abakuá are known as abakúa or ñañigo. This kind of society is unique in the American continent. This association was founded in the first decades of the 19th century, a hostile moment for the … Continue reading

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The Regla Conga or Palo Monte

This religious expression in has its roots in the cults practiced in the kingdom of Congo and other subordinated monarchies of Bantu origin. The western ethnology gathered under the same denomination the community of peoples from western, central and south Africa, that … Continue reading

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Oddúa

It is said that when Olofi wanted to create the World, came down with Obatalá. During the process of creation, marvellous things were made, but also many others failed, and some others were left unfinished. For instance he made men without heads, and … Continue reading

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Ochosi

Ochosi (Santiago Archangel), son of Yemaya, is a major orisha. He is the patron of those in trouble with justice; he is magician, fortune teller, warrior, fisherman and hunter. When invoked he is called as Ochosi Ode Mata, and he is the owner … Continue reading

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